Monday Memo 1/23/17

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

Charlie and Sofi shared a little love with the peccary in their classroom as part of the rainforest unit. This year’s class will be making a scale model of a harpy eagle.

NOTES

AUCTION: We are hard at work on finalizing the catalogue and getting it printed to share with you next week, so that you can get an early start on setting your bidding priorities! Class continent-themed raffle baskets will soon be on display in the solarium and tickets will be on sale in advance and at the auction. Head for a Day Raffle tickets (winner will act as the Head of School and plan all the activities for our last day of school) go on sale this week for $1. They will $2 next week and $5 the night of the auction, when we will have the drawing. Tickets can be purchased from Krystal. Thanks for sharing the event in a public way as many parents have, we also encourage you to reach out to a specific friend and invite them to join you in attending.

DESTINATION IMAGINATION: Courtney and Alison's DI team has been busy learning about simple and complex machines. We are in the beginning stages of planning our play, which will include a complex machine that the group invents and builds. This week we will meet on Tuesday from 4-5 and Sunday from 3-5.

CHESS CLUB: There is Chess Club tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24. This is open to players of all ages and levels, from 3:45-4:45. Adult players who can help supervise and set a focused tone are welcome, as are snack donations.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TRIP TO MONTPELIER: We are excited to celebrate National School Choice week in Montpelier on Wednesday! Thanks to the parents (Judith Markey, Polly Yerkes, Joe Keenan, and Rebecca Hill-Larsen) and faculty who will be driving students there. We will be departing Riverside at 10:15 and return around 3:15. A lunch will be provided to students at no cost. The afternoon will include a press conference, a performance by our chorus, a speech about why choice matters from 7th grader Jasmine Whittaker, a cello performance by 6th grader Liam Markey, a lunch for 8th grade members of Student Council with legislators, and witnessing part of the House of Representatives afternoon session.

CRAZY 8s MATH CLUB: Since last week’s club was cancelled, we will still: take cubes colored half red and half white, and use them to make all sorts of designs. First you’ll create your own designs. Then you’ll try to copy designs one after the other – soon, you’ll be a super-cube pro.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the mountain at 3:30. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17, and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather. Thank you to the Crytzer-Griffin and Moore families for bringing snacks to share, they were devoured by our adventurous skiers and riders! The Larocque and Butler families will be bringing snacks this week.

X-COUNTRY SKIING: Please remember to pick up students at the Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 pm on Friday. We will be skiing again on January 27 February 3, 10, 17 and March 10 will be an alternate date depending on the season’s weather.

GREEN MOUNTAIN CERTAMEN: The Latin Club will be going to the inaugural Green Mountain Certamen on Saturday! It takes place in Burlington at the UVM Classics Building (481 Main Street) from 9:30 to 12:30, with a free museum tour afterwards until 2.

ENRICHMENT AT AFTER-SCHOOL: This spring we look forward to enriching the After- School Program with activities about Chinese Culture & Language (Thursdays in February and March) and Yoga (Tuesdays in March and April), thanks to additional educators who will be sharing their expertise. These activities will run from 3:45-4:30. If you have a new interest in having your child be a part of the ASP on specific days because of these programs, please communicate in advance with Krystal or Nelia.

CLASSES AT CATAMOUNT ARTS: Scholarship aid is available by calling Anne at 802-748- 2600 ext. 108. Please register in advance for both. For more info and
registration: http://www.catamountarts.org/education/classes-and-workshops One-of-a-Kind Valentines - Students, their parents and other adults are invited to make beautiful mixed-media valentines for family and friends. All materials are provided. Ages 5+; Saturday, February 11, 10:00am-noon; Free COMING SOON - Film Making for Middle and High Schoolers during February Vacation week

CALENDAR

January 25 - Middle School Chorus to Montpelier
January 27 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 3 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 4 - Auction
February 10 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30 - Winter Dance hosted by Student Council, details to follow
February 17 - Downhill and X-Country Skiing, pick up at Village Sports Trailside at 3:00 or the Base Lodge at 3:30
February 24 - Winter Carnival, early dismissal at 12:30

LESSONS

PreK/Heron Chicks
Hello Families! We are starting our Veterinarian unit in the dramatic play center. Please have your child bring a stuffed animal from home that we can leave in our vet center to take care of (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, snakes, etc.). I will also be sending some fun homework home this week. We have asked your child what animal they would like to learn about. I have created a sheet asking for facts about the animal your child has chosen (what the animal eats, lives, sleeps, and a picture of the animal). Your child will be sharing this on Friday and we will introduce each exciting animal to our class.
FRIDAY FUN! We will be doing our winter sports on Friday afternoons/ shorter nap and outside play from 1:30-2:45... We will go sledding this Friday on the little hill above our playground.. Please bring a sled Friday & appropriate clothing!
Language Arts:Letter S & sound books.
Starting our literacy groups this week. Sight words, sight word book reading, letter writing, letter sound practice & letter matching.
Journal writing: finding a picture/s in a magazine and write the name of the picture phonetically or writing a story about the pictures cut out & placed in journal.
Math: reviewing how many sides a shape has. Learning Vertices & making 2 and 3 dimensional shape sculptures.
Science:freezing & melting, Water play! We now have sand & water in the classroom.. Special Note: FRIDAY sledding have your child dress warm please! ;)
Classroom Needs: WE NEED MAGAZINES for our writing center

K-1st Grade/Carriage House Kids
Language Arts: We will continue working on reading goals from last week. The book mobile continues to visit every Friday. Children are able to check books out if they have returned their other books. Students will work in their weekend journals and write about snow.
1st Grade Math: We will finish up our chapter on addition and subtraction relationships by looking at number sentences and whether or not they are equal, basic facts to 20, and taking the chapter assessment. Students will then have an introduction to our next topic, counting and modeling numbers, which includes work with place value.
Science/Social Studies: How snow is made!
Spanish: We will work on our winter words.
Music: We will learn more about the music alphabet this week using a sound story and by learning to play a simple melody from music for the first time!
Art: We created a city and water reflection monoprint using a printmaking technique. Special Note: Please remember to fill in the after school calendar in the coatroom, or send me a note. Also, extra clothing for outside is very helpful! Thanks a bunch!

2nd-3rd Grade/Allee’s Angels
Language Arts: Our class, as a whole, is going to take a break from weekly spelling and SMUG for the next three weeks as we amp up our rainforest studies. Please help your child to spend homework time planning for and working on their special project in relation to the animal they are undertaking to research as school. Second grade will continue to explore lower case cursive writing and third grade with immersing themselves and mastering cursive.
Rainforest Unit: We will spend the next month researching and preparing a report and presentation on our own rainforest animal. Students will be learning how to take “sticky notes”, writing opening (topic) and concluding sentences, paragraph writing, drafting and redrafting, and in conclusion, producing a multi-paragraph report and learning how to give a 5 minute class presentation about what we have learned about our animals. We should have our assigned animals settled by the end of the day today. Please, if you child has forgotten to share the project packet with you over the weekend, make sure to pull it out and take a look so that you can help them to stay on top of things. Thanks! We will also begin reading groups using both fiction and nonfiction rainforest related books and continuing to add plants and animals to our classroom rainforest.
2nd Grade Math: Second grade students will continue to practice different strategies for regrouping ones to make a ten. Hopefully by the end of the week they will have tried the traditional algorithm and have it make a bit of sense.
3rd Grade Math: Third grade students will continue to explore division this week. We’ll practice several strategies to help us understand it as repeated subtraction, and relating multiplication and division to each other. There will be a mid-chapter check mid to late week. They will become aware of division by one and division by zero this week as well. Science/Social Studies: We will continue to study about the plants and animals of the rainforest, and to learn a bit about the people who live there by the literature that we listen to and read this week.
Spanish: We will work with our tropical animal names and then our winter words.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a paper Navajo blanket filled with geometric Navajo inspired designs. Of Special Note: Sloppy week out this week!

4th Grade/Erin’s Electric Eagles
Writing: We continue to build arguments around the question “should school start later?” After spending time having in class discussions and looking at some outside resources, we will be taking a stance and then developing the specific reasons and evidence we think are most compelling for our arguments.
Reading: This week we will be finishing up our projects that explore the theme of friendship in Charlotte’s Web. We will hopefully begin a new reading project, which will emphasize putting our “Great 8” reading strategies to use in books of our own choosing and eventually culminate in sharing our choice books with others.
Math: We continue to work on fractions! This week we will be exploring more with equivalent fractions and then begin work on putting fractions in simplest form.
Social Studies: This week for our colonial simulation, we will be creating colonial journals, writing our first entry, learning about the wages we will earn for our trades, and begin diving into the life, history, and experiences of colonial Americans.
Genius Hour: We will be reflecting on our goals and accomplishments from last week before working more on our questions. We have all solidified our projects, and many are truly beginning to take off! We’re exploring everything from boats, to poaching, to sports histories and beyond!
Outdoor Learning: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are designing a fabric motif based on India’s richly patterned and colorful fabrics. PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

5th Grade
Science: This week students will finish perfecting their own pancake recipes, and we will be celebrating with tasting and written reflection on the process.
Math: We are working with mixed numbers this week, finding patterns and real-world problem solving.
Readers’ Workshop: This week we’ll be learning to navigate nonfiction containing a variety of writing styles and structures and evaluating the depth of knowledge of a nonfiction article or book.
Writer’s Workshop: In writer’s workshop students will be applying their investigations of nonfiction in creating their own books. We will be focussing on how to employ a combination of persuasive, informational, and narrative styles to add interest and clarity to our writing in nonfiction.
Social Studies: Today our visitor will be helping us learn about the original Riverside. From the new information, we will revise our descriptions of chosen pictures and prepare the project for publishing.
Birch Buddies: Last week we spent a beautiful winter afternoon exploring animal tracks by creating and identifying tracks replicated by our peers. This week we hope to put our tracking knowledge by going on an adventure to find animal tracks.
Spanish: We will continue practicing vocabulary about family members and students will craft a simple family tree for themselves.
Music: We will continue to get a head start on our musical songs from “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.”
Art: We are creating an abstract painting with value based on the Canadian artist Lawren Harris.
PE: Fencing on Tuesdays (footwork, bladework and tactics). Square dancing on Wednesdays (Grand Right and Left). We are also learning the Sicilian Circle!

Grade 6
English: Having finished independent reading projects, we’ll begin to read our next novel, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday.
Math: We start our learning about integers and the coordinate plane.
Ancient History: We will be finishing our work with the Roman military.
Physical Science: They will begin designing and possibly building their bridges this week Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and using derivatives to talk about Latin’s influence on English.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are constructing a dimensional book illustrating a peaceful place.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 7
English: We’ll begin reading our next novel, Across Five Aprils. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Wednesday.
Math: We continue learning how to measure and classify angles and triangles.
American History: We’ll look at some Supreme Court cases and how the opinions of those cases reflected interpretations of the Bill of Rights. We’ll also begin to learn about the challenges faced by the first several presidents of our country.
Life Science: They will study the endocrine system this week
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish B: We will continue our look at temporal usage of ser.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters.
Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are designing a resist drawing based on the designs of the Aborigines.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.

Grade 8
English: We’ll continue to read, discuss, and perform Romeo and Juliet. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.
Algebra: We continue to look deeper into exponential graphs and the properties of roost and exponents.
Algebra II: Trigonometry
World Issues: We will be discussing the 5 Pillars of Islam and what they teach Muslims to value. We will also watch a National Geographic movie about the 5th pillar, Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. I sent an email directly to parents this morning about how I lead/facilitate/teach current events in our class. Specifically, while I continue to support students sharing individual opinions, I will be clear in helping them recognize that the new presidential administration has lied many times to the public and claimed those false statements as “alternative facts.” This is directly related to the curriculum standard: “think critically about how we are informed.”
Earth Science: They will learn about groundwater this week. In the lab, they will work together to learn about capillary water.
Spanish A: We will be using the verb tener (to have) to practice vocabulary about school schedule.
Spanish C: We will continue with the temporal usage of ser.
Latin: We will be doing some more mythology review and finishing our current chapters. Music: In groups we will choose a movie score to analyze. Students will predict what the music will sound like based on the genre and then come to conclusions about the effectiveness of the music in the movie.
Art: We are creating a series of drawings that zoom in on an object similar to using a camera.
PE: They will play Pillo Polo this week or play outside if the weather permits.